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The Roma Tomato is a favourite sauce tomato all around the world. The plum fruits weigh 60-80 grams. Roma is a determinate or with other words a bush tomato; but the plants are vigorous and mostly treated as semi-determinate. A very popular plum tomato in Italy, along with the San Marzano tomato; these two varieties are for proper jar heads.
Enjoy in salads with mozzarella or use in stews or making your own tomato sauce. This tomato can be grown successfully outside in the UK, or if you want an excellent crop you can grow the plants in the greenhouse or polytunnel too.
Sow the Roma tomato seeds about 1 cm deep into a shallow seed tray or in small, shallow pots or seed cells; cover them only gently as the general rule goes, don’t plant your seed deeper than the size of the seed itself. Water the sown tomato seeds from the bottom, using a saucer or very carefully from the top using a fine spray bottle; place the trays or pots at a temperature of between 20-28 Celsius on a windowsill, preferably into a heated greenhouse or heated propagator.
Don’t worry if you don’t have one of those, you can still provide some extra heat for the seeds to sprout by sealing the trays in a plastic bag, or placing them into your airing cupboard if you have one. If you use one of these methods make sure that you check on your seeds often, as when you start seeing the seedlings you have to take them out from the plastic bag or cupboard to provide the necessary light for them.
As soon as seedlings are large enough to handle, prick out. Transplant the seedlings into individual small pots, later on they might need to be repotted if they grow too quickly and large. Make sure the leaves do not overlap. Temperatures during this stage should be 12-20 Celsius. Plant outside mid-May-June 80x60 cm, or keep in the greenhouse.
Keep watering the Roma plants in dry spells (twice a day preferably), especially when the plants are flowering and when the fruits are setting. No need for side-shoot removal, as this is a bush variety but you will have to support the vigorous plants during the summer, and you may have to tidy them up a bit by removing some of the lower leaves and some of the unnecessary side shoots. Read about how to grow tomatoes in details here.